Sometimes a thing turns out to be different from what you’d thought it was

– How I found freedom in an unfree world p. 13

Sometimes a thing turns out to be different from what you’d thought it was. A comparison of the first impression with later impressions can show that the earlier view was insufficient and somehow distorted. So in terms of possible later discovery, all current knowledge is incomplete, or will be enlarged later.

You can see this easily with regard to people you meet. Your first impression may be generally correct, but it often proves later to have been superficial or incomplete. And as a result of later knowledge, you sometimes change your ways of dealing with them.

In addition, you don’t have the time to discover everything that might be relevant about a given situation. You have to make assumptions. And that can lead to reading into things what you expect to find. You can be so sure something is going to be a certain way that you don’t notice that it isn’t.

For many reasons, your perception won’t always be accurate. And as you interpret what you see, your logic may not always be flawless; you might not draw all the proper connections.”

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